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Pictured are various paczkis offered on Fat Tuesday at Fleckenstein’s in New Lenox. Sean Hastings/22nd Century Media
Sean Hastings, Editor
8:00 am CST March 1, 2020

Between the New Lenox location and Mokena location, Fleckenstein’s Bakery combined to sell 25,000 paczkis on Fat Tuesday, owner Ray Fleckenstein said. The locations combined for 17,000 in 2019.

Just once every year Fleckenstein’s sells paczkis and only paczkis. There is hardly any down time on Fat Tuesday. At the New Lenox location, Feb. 25, as the line got down to just a couple people, another rush came through the door keeping the workers constantly moving.